Long Story: The Flourish and Fade of a Measurement System

Let’s start with a piece by Jorge Luis Borges called “On Exactitude in Science.” In that Empire, the Art of Cartography attained such Perfection that the map of a single Province occupied the entirety of a City, and the map of the Empire, the entirety of a Province. In time, those Unconscionable Maps no longer… Continue reading Long Story: The Flourish and Fade of a Measurement System

Halcyon Times

Presented to the Biennial Intergovernmental Audit Forum It is 1998 and a grand time to be a performance auditor! Managers are emphasizing measurement and improvement. Elected officials are talking about increased accountability and obtaining assurances of results. They are investing in data systems and analysts, and incorporating measures into their reporting and budgeting systems. These… Continue reading Halcyon Times

Audit Story: University Management

I had heard the stories from other state auditors about the resistance of universities to their recommendations. They’re fittingly called “ivory towers” and they aren’t conciliatory. Nonetheless, in Oregon they depend upon a large-but-declining supplement from the state budget to operate and maintain their often-claimed standing among the top universities in the country. I had… Continue reading Audit Story: University Management

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